Lot 950

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Attractive pair of trench art candle holders, each 12" tall by 3 1/2" dia. at the base, manufactured from nineteenth century American socket bayonets and artillery shell fuses. Each holder consists of a socket bayonet with a triform cross section, with the blade, machine-turned into a spiral, with the point then inserted the base of a threaded direct-impact percussion fuse from an artillery projectile. This fuse is in turn affixed to a round metal base of unknown original function, wrapped with a ring of copper and showing many circular indentations on the upper surface. The bottom of each bayonet socket is also closed with a graze-action artillery fuse, allowing a candle to be inserted in the top of said socket. The ricasso of each bayonet bears various serial markings, all thoroughly warped from the machining process, and are decorated with a length of steel chain. The candlesticks likely date from just prior to World War I, and show expected minor oxidation and slight tarnish, with a bright finish overall. Very good.

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August 1, 2018 10:00 AM EDT
Chesapeake City, MD, US

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